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What You Need to Know

Read this if you can't read everything

  • Join us tonight, from 6:30-8:30pm, for EFCL's virtual town hall to discuss the City's Community Safety and Well-being strategy and its grants of up to $100,000. 
     
  • Help us sell tickets. Our 50-50 raffle, which will see the winner take up to $10,000, Leagues divide $2,250, the remainder go to EFCL for its equipment rental program and Community League Day gain prominence is gaining steam. We're up to more than $1,000 in the pot.
     
  • Registration for Community League Day 2022 ends this Friday, August 19. To qualify for early-bird prizes that you can use as prizes at your own event, register ASAP. What's on offer? Two Lego kits from Hobby Wholesale (one large children's kit, $200 value; one large adult kit, $200 value); and 10 Save-On Foods grocery cards worth $25 each. 
     
  • Need more info? Read on.
Register Your Community League Day Event
Download Our Community League Day Toolkit
Read our 50-50 FAQs on the Community League Day Page

EFCL Spotlight

Joanne Booth To Retire

A central part of our team is leaving and we need Leagues to suggest who should apply to EFCL


If you're part of a Community League executive, you undoubtedly know the name Joanne Booth.

Back in October 2010, Booth joined the EFCL after first declining two other job offers. She had worked with the Strathcona Community League for 20 years and knew the League system well. And, like many in the League system, Booth says she already saw herself as a full-time volunteer, volunteering her free time outside her business with Edmonton Horticultural Society, Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, the parents' council at her kids' school and, of course, her Community League.

Working for EFCL was the job Booth "really wanted," she says. After 12 years with us, Booth is currently EFCL's operations and membership senior advisor. She will retire at the end of September.

"Joanne has spent the last 12 years walking alongside League volunteers and facility managers across the city," says EFCL executive director, Laura Cunningham Shpeley. "She always makes time for questions, is there to greet people warmly at meetings and gatherings – online and in person – and she understands the important role that League volunteers play across the city. In her words, 'League people are the best people.'"
 
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To help us reflect on Booth's time and relationships at EFCL and in the League system, we sat down for a quick chat about what's changed and who should apply to take her role.

EFCL: What was Edmonton like back in 2010 when you joined EFCL?

Booth: We were just coming out of a bit of a recession and it was one of those times when we were all just recovering. Stephen Mandel had just been elected mayor. 

EFCL: How have you watched the city change?

BoothEdmonton has definitely grown into a modern urban centre, but maybe we always were a bit more progressive. Finishing the inner ring road was important, and now we also have an outer ring road, the Henday. I've watched a stalled LRT system finally expanded to serve residents and not just the people going to Commonwealth Stadium. Densification and infill were not popular with residents, but the recognized benefits of that are now commonplace. Mostly (laughter).

EFCL: How have Leagues and League work changed?  

Booth: The work of our organization hasn't really changed that much. We've always been about what Leagues need from us. Our work was mostly administration, some workshops and a few signature events. We've transitioned to online/hybrid and helped Leagues that needed it with that, too. We offer lots of training – then in person and now mostly online. Leagues formed to push for infrastructure in their areas and this is still key to the work they do. Leagues are always looking for ways to connect with their neighbours, and incorporating new technologies has helped ensure that previously under-represented demographics are now able to participate fully.

EFCL: What will you miss?

Booth: The Community League volunteers. Community League people are the best and I've been so very lucky to get to work with the people who want to make their neighbourhoods and city a better place for everyone. 

EFCL: Who should apply for your job?

Booth: Someone organized, someone who understands the ins and outs of membership and League operations, someone friendly and patient. Someone who truly understands the importance of what Community Leagues do, and how volunteers need support.
Are You The Right Fit? Here's Our Job Description

Events

EFCL Events Calendar

Watch for a physical version in the mail and post it at your League hall

DOWNLOAD the EFCL Fall/Winter Events Calendar
REGISTER: Sept. 1 – Community League Day Promotion
REGISTER: Sept. 7 – ACT ON CLIMATE Residential Energy Transition
REGISTER: Sept. 14 – The League's Role in Neighbourhood Planning
REGISTER: Sept. 21 – Hall Rental Best Practices
REGISTER: Sept. 28 – How Presidents Can Prepare Newbies
Provide EFCL With Your Workshop Suggestions

Planning and Development

EFCL Update

What you need to know


Civics and Planning Directors 
Mentorship Cafe - September 14, 2022

Planning is a process where community members and governments work together to build healthy communities. "Healthy" includes the well-being of the people and the environment. Community Leagues and Civics Directors can play a role in delivering health, wellbeing, equity and climate benefits in their communities - let's discuss how. 

Register for Cafe 

Here are a few of the resources and initiatives that we’ll be exploring at the cafe. We hope you can join our community of practice.

Building Resilient Neighbourhoods
North Glenora Strategy and Action Plan
 

Photo by Kenny Eliason on Unsplash
Download Our Community Vision Field Booklet

City of Edmonton Update

What you need to know

 

The City’s drafts of its District Plans are here. These plans aim to reflect the vision of the City Plan and will determine where redevelopment should be encouraged and where active and public transportation improvements are anticipated. 

Find your district

Find your draft District Plan

We will work hard to review these plans, provide updates as they become available and ensure Leagues are meaningfully involved as the City engages with Edmontonians over the coming months. 

We anticipate that the District Planning and District General Policy engagement plans will be announced in late August. To sign up for updates or to request additional information, see the links below: 

Contact The Project team

Speak to EFCL's Planning and Development Advisor

Community League Day

Our 2022 Toolkit

Build Edmonton – With Us: Graphics, tipsheets, tools

We’ve created a virtual toolkit that will allow Leagues to concentrate on their Community League Day events and let us worry about graphics, messaging, preparations and other questions.

Build Edmonton – With Us
The idea for Community League Day in 2022 is simple. While each League should hold a great event, what might happen for all Leagues if we all collectively share a visual look, similar messages and other bits to convey the bigger story – that there are 162 Leagues across Edmonton? We’re a community-building force. Let’s make that clear using #LetsBuildYEG.

Download Our Community League Day Toolkit
Register Your Community League Day Event

Our 50-50 Raffle Needs Your Help

Draw benefits Leagues and EFCL but we need your help sharing 

As part of EFCL's push to promote Community League Day across Edmonton and therefore help your League boost membership sales, we created a 50-50 draw to add buzz and offer you more to offer newcomers to your events. 

We need you to help promote the 50-50 as its draw nears, on September 19. That's two days after Community League Day. We hope you use the 50-50 at your event to increase excitment about joining your League. 

Download 50-50 Poster
Download 50-50 QR Code

Other Notable Stuff

Senior Stay Active Event

August 24 and 25

Here's an opportunity for seniors to stay active this summer. The Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 - 176 Street) is hosting a free event. It's an Amazing Race and Challenge for 55+ seniors, city-wide on August 24 and August 25.

Photo by micheile dot com on Unsplash

Details on Amazing Race Event

CommuniTEA 

Book the Tea Van for your next block party

The CommuniTEA Infusion Project is a social initiative that uses a 1973 Volksawagen Van as a mobile tea house that comes to neighbourhood streets and creates a "town square" where people can come together, get to know each other better and strengthen connections.

The essence of a CommuniTEA Infusion event is to give, connect and contribute, and requires the contributions of community members to make it work. It would be a perfect addition to your summer block party to strengthen connections in your community.

People with disabilities are the key leaders of this initiative and are the community builders of the neighbourhoods we visit. Our community builders and drivers run the van, and we bring all supplies for iced tea, games and a button maker. We are free of charge to attend any events, and so all we essentially require is a place to park.

Chat About Having the CommuniTEA Van To Your Event
We respectfully acknowledge the land upon which the EFCL operates is located on Treaty 6 Territory and has served a purpose as a traditional meeting ground for many First Nations groups. This territory has provided a traveling route and home to the Nakoda Sioux, and later, Blackfoot and Cree peoples, followed by Saulteaux and Métis and other Indigenous peoples.
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